I'm veering away from animated films for today's post. It was Tennessee Steinmetz that an unfortuate Jim Douglas turned to after losing his last race. Tennessee, an enlightened artist who utilized car parts for his medium of choice, spent time with Buddhist monks, which explains why he recognizes Herbie as an individual.
"We take machines and we stuff 'em with information until they're smarter than we are. Take a car. Most guys spread more love and time and money on their car in a week than they do on their wife and kids in a year. Pretty soon, you know what? The machine starts to think it *is* somebody. "
Buddy Hackett's portrayal of Tennessee was a great combination of true friend, spiritualist, offbeat artist, and goofy guy along for the ride just hits all of the right notes for me. Of course, Hackett went on to portray another know-it-all sidekick.